Kaiyu Fu, a fourth year graduate student working with Paul Bohn, Arthur J. Schmitt Professor, has been awarded an American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Analytical Chemistry Summer Graduate Fellowship. This highly competitive fellowship recognizes future leaders in the field and promotes collaboration between industry and academia. Fu’s award is sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company. Winners are chosen based on demonstrated research accomplishment through publication in peer-reviewed analytical chemistry journals, and they are invited to participate in a special recipient symposium at the fall ACS National Meeting.
Fu’s research focuses on pairing state-of-the-art nanotechnology with electrochemistry. Recently, Fu demonstrated that nanoscale recessed ring-disk electrode (RRDE) arrays produce current capture efficiencies at the top ring and bottom disk electrodes exceeding 99%, leading to productive electrochemical signals at the single molecule level. More broadly, his work includes the design, synthesis, and functionalization of nanomaterials, the fabrication of nanoelectrodes for electrochemical measurement, designing novel electrochemical methods for chemical sensing, developing ultra-sensitive detection methods using single entity electrochemistry, and signal processing and analysis from complex electrochemical systems.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Fu received an M.S. in polymer science from Fudan University and a B.E. in polymer science from Sichuan University. During his Ph.D. studies, Fu has given several presentations at national and international meetings, including twice as a speaker at Pittcon Conference and Expo, the world’s annual premier conference on laboratory science and instrumentation. He has also been a speaker and symposium co-chair at the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) meeting. He is planning to continue his work on nanoscale electrochemistry for next-generation sensors as a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University. Fu is an author/co-author on 15 papers, 1 book chapter, and 1 U.S. Patent.